Soccer Begins Conference Play at Southern Utah
Northern Arizona (4-2-3 Big Sky) vs. Southern Utah (3-6-0 Big Sky)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 28
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Site: Thunderbird Soccer Field
For Southern Utah
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona women's soccer team wrapped up their non-conference schedule at home against Hawai'i and now head out on the road to kick-off its Big Sky Conference schedule in Cedar City to face Southern Utah. The Lumberjacks were picked to finish sixth in the conference while the Thunderbirds were picked to finish in ninth place.
This will be the 12th meeting between the schools with the Lumberjacks having the upper hand with a 9-1-1 record against Southern Utah. However, this will be only the second meeting between the schools since Southern Utah has joined the Big Sky Conference. The Lumberjacks are 3-1 in Cedar City, Utah. Northern Arizona defeated the Thunderbirds in Flagstaff, Ariz. last season.
Scouting Southern Utah
This is the first conference match for Southern Utah, just like Northern Arizona. The Thunderbirds ended their non-conference schedule with a 3-6-0 record with a 2-1 record at home. Freshman midfielder Aurora Moberly has made an immediate impact in her first season for the Thunderbirds, leading the team with 6 points (2 goals, 2 assists). Sophomore Brianne Brown is also tied for the most goals on the team with two. Besides Moberly and Brown, the Thunderbirds have received scoring from 10 different players. Freshman forward Logan Harker and freshman forward Annabelle Schwab is tied for the team lead in shots with 10. Freshman goalkeeper Elyssa Hashimoto has started in eight of the nine games for Southern Utah and has a 2.40 goals against average. Sophomore Tessa Christensen has also seen action in goal this season. Southern Utah was picked to finish 9th in the Big Sky Conference this year.
Scouting Northern Arizona
Northern Arizona wrapped up non-conference play with two straight losses against UTEP and Hawai'i. It was the only losing streak the Lumberjacks have had this season. In Saturday's match against UTEP, Danny Muniz recorded three assists to all three goals scored in the game by the Lumberjacks giving Muniz the record for most assists in a game at Lumberjack Stadium. She also ties the school record for most assists in a game.
The Lumberjacks ended with a 4-2-3 non-conference record, one of the best non-conference records in the program's history. Last season, Northern Arizona went 2-5-2 in non-conference play, giving up 17 goals while only scoring six goals. This season, they doubled their win total, scored 11 goals while only allowing nine goals and posting four shutouts.
At the end of the 2012 season, the women's soccer team ended the season with four players with two or more goals; at the half way point of the season this year, the Lumberjacks already have three girls with at least goals.
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